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November 01, 2012

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CMWA Hosts Jewelry-making Workshops

The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA) is hosting three jewelry workshops to support the CMWA Scholarship Program. Bracelet workshops will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Caffee Room, University Center (UC) on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Thursday Nov. 15. The cost is $25 for each. A ring workshop will be held noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Peter Room, UC. The cost is $20. Space is limited. RSVP by Nov. 5 to Alexa Hansen at with the workshop date(s) of your choice.

CMU's Annual Alcohol and Drug Brochure Available Online

The university's annual alcohol and drug brochure, compiled as a resource by staff in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, is now available on the Student Affairs website. Carnegie Mellon takes seriously its obligation to ensure community members understand Pennsylvania law and the university’s policies and expectations regarding alcohol and other drugs. Additionally, the university seeks to provide information on the support available for anyone in need. For more information, questions or comments, call 412-268-2075.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Don't forget to turn your clock back an hour on Sunday, Nov. 4. And be careful when walking at dark. A study by professors Paul Fischbeck and others found that pedestrians walking during evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the time change.

Shop To Support CMU Children’s School

Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, 5824 Forbes Ave., in Squirrel Hill from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Carnegie Mellon Children’s School Scholarship Fund. The Children’s School is an early childhood laboratory school at the Pittsburgh campus that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The school offers morning or afternoon preschool and full-day kindergarten programs for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

Housing and Dining Conducts Food Services Customer Survey

As part of Carnegie Mellon's ongoing efforts to ensure that its dining services are meeting or exceeding your needs, Housing and Dining Services is once again conducting the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Customer Satisfaction Survey through Nov. 11. On Monday, Oct. 29, you should have received an email from Housing and Dining that contained your unique identifier for the survey. Details on the survey can be found by visiting All participants will have an opportunity to win prizes such as free food from the campus dining locations or a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (donated by the campus vending company AVI Food Systems). Survey participants are encouraged to take the survey for the dining locations they frequent. The feedback will help identify strengths and areas for improvement. Questions can be directed to or 412-268-9178.

Alumni Association Seeks Service Award Nominations

The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations in the service categories for alumni and students through Dec. 1, 2012, to be awarded at the 2013 Alumni Awards. An online nomination form, list of current and previous award recipients, and descriptions of the award categories can be found at If you are unable to submit your packet before the deadline, it will be filed for the 2014 award selections. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-226-8258 or

Presenters Needed for Daughters and Sons To Work Day

Staff Council is looking for individuals and groups who would like to present or lead an activity at Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 25, 2013. This annual program gives staff and faculty children between the ages of 8 and 15 an opportunity to see the wide range of career and learning opportunities that Carnegie Mellon can offer them. Each activity or presentation will be visited by two groups of about 25-30 students for a repeating 20-minute presentation. The total time commitment is approximately 1 and ½ hours. If you would like more information or would like to be included as a possible presenter or volunteer in 2013, please contact Alicia Angemeer at

Planning on Quitting Smoking?

UPMC seeks healthy smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 who are planning to quit smoking for a four-week research study on the short term effects of a medication on smoking behavior, craving and mood. The medication, Fenofibrate, is FDA-approved for lipid-lowering and may reduce smoking. You will be asked to take the study medication, which may or may not contain the active component for nine days. Although this study is not a treatment trial, everyone who completes the study will be offered brief counseling and Zyban (bupropion) at no cost after the study is over to help them quit permanently. This is not a treatment study, but research study participants will be compensated. For more information, visit or call 412-246-5306.

Send FMS Requests to

The e-mail address for Facilities Management Services has changed to FMS Fix it The old and new addresses have run in parallel for more than a year and "pp0p@andrew” is no longer in service. Use Fix it for questions or work order requests. For an immediate work order number submit via For urgent service requests call 412-268-2910. For more information, contact Kyle Tomer at 412-268-6332 or

EH&S Offers AED Training

Environmental Health & Safety has scheduled an additional Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training class for those who are interested in updating their certification, or for anyone who has never had the training. The class is:

  • 10 am – noon, Nov. 21, Connan Room, UC

The class will last about two hours and include training in CPR. To register, go to, click on the Training tab at the top of the page, then click on AED Training. At the end of the course description is a link to the registration page.

CMU has 65 AEDs at various locations on campus. These devices are to be used on anyone whose heart is in fibrillation, or who has gone into cardiac arrest. They have saved lives.

Alumni Association Board Seeks New Members

The Alumni Association Board (AAB) seeks nominations for their 2013 class. They will elect five new members to serve four-year terms beginning July 1, 2013, and strive to balance the board along a number of dimensions such as college affiliation, year of graduation, gender, ethnicity and geographic representation. In addition, the board gives particular weight to the depth and breadth of the nominee's current and previous volunteer experiences, in particular those with CMU. To view the AAB Frequently Asked Questions and access the AAB Nomination Form, visit Questions? Contact Lynn DeFabio at The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30.

Nominations Now Open for Education Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Doherty Award, the Ryan Award, the Academic Advising Award and the Gelfand Award, which will be presented on April 30, 2013.

  • The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education is given to a member of the university community who has made substantial and sustained contributions to excellence in education.
  • The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching is given annually to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
  • The Academic Advising Award recognizes members of the university community who have achieved excellence in providing undergraduate academic advising.
  • The Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework and a deliberate process of student reflection to enhance the learning experience, teach social responsibility, and improve some aspect of life in the community.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 5. For more information about the awards and nomination process, go to